Meet the 2017-18 Instructors:
Fine Arts Instructors:
Jean Choleva (Piano) has many years of experience teaching a variety of music classes, and has been with CPC since 2012. She has also worked with the Preschool and Children’s Choirs at Second Baptist Church and teaches music classes at Gymboree Play & Music. Currently, she teaches private piano lessons in Houston. She is also on the Preschool Department staff at her church, were she has worked since 2004. She is married to Jeff, has 4 children & 6 grandchildren. She is a member of Second Baptist Church.
Susan Jaroszewski (Art) has been with CPC since 2006, and is a homeschool mom. Her degree is from the Art Institute of Houston, earning a BBA with a minor in Studio Arts from University of Houston. She has been painting for over 20 years and has a passion for teaching the students what she has learned throughout the years. Some of her favorite art works are by Mary Cassatt, Monet, and Cezanne. She enjoys using photographs of her children and her dog as subjects in her drawings and paintings. Her family holds their church membership at Christ United Methodist church, and she relishes teaching Sunday school to middle school students.
Christopher White (Guitar) is excited to be teaching applied guitar with CPC! As a 26 year old, he started playing music right before he turned 15, and from that day on, he has picked up his guitar every single day for past 11 years. Our Lord God has placed a deep love for music and the guitar in his heart. Each day he tries to honor Him by growing in the knowledge and the practice of his musical gift. He has taken private lessons from several different instructors as well as being enrolled at Houston Community College Fine Arts program. He has played with groups and different acts as well as having performed original music of different kinds in and around the Houston area, and still does today. He made the decision to start teaching music as part of his career about a year ago. Before that time he worked in several unrelated fields, none of which seemed to be God’s fit for his life at this time. Currently, in addition to teaching for CPC, he is teaching at the Guitar Center in Stafford and has several at home private lesson students. Another reason he is excited to teach for CPC is the fact that he was home schooled from 2nd grade through high school and is forever grateful to his parents for dedicating their time and energy to providing the best education possible to him and his siblings. Now that he is in a position to help the families that have decided to take on the monumental task of educating their children, he is thrilled to use all the strength given to him by his Lord to do the best possible job. In doing so, he hopes to not only honor God but also honor the job his parents did in homeschooling him.
Beth Zimmerman (Drama) is a homeschool graduate who has been involved with Fort Bend Theater and other theaters since 2004. She has performed in numerous productions, and has taught acting classes since 2009. She attended the Youth Theater Conference in Denton, TX in 2008 and has taken several acting classes from Fort Bend Theater. She was the Assistant Director for Hairspray in 2011, working with a cast and crew of 100, and performing in the Stafford Centre to an audience of 1500. In 2013, she co-directed Charlotte’s Web for Fort Bend Theater. She has worked with children at Sugar Creek Baptist Church where she was on the Children’s Worship and Drama Team.
English / Writing Instructors:
Ruthie Ammons (Middle School Sciences, Biology) homeschooled for 21 years and graduated her last daughter in May 2017. She taught in Texas public schools several years before her children were born. In the last 10 years, she has taught in homeschool co-ops and classes and is now in her second year at CPC. She is married to Bruce and has 3 daughters and an adorable almost 2 year-old granddaughter. Her family is active at Sugar Creek Baptist Church.
Dee Pendergast (Director, Registrar, Writing, Gov’t & Econ.) has her B.S. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and her A.A.S. in Legal Assisting from Tidewater Community College in Virginia. She has been married to Ross for 24 years. Since 2003, she has been homeschooling her four children beginning in kindergarten. Currently, her oldest is a freshman at Texas A&M. Prior to joining CPC in 2011, she taught in co-op settings for 7 years and private Writing and Geography homeschool classes for 5 years. She loves teaching students about the subjects she is most passionate. She attends Second Baptist Church and is very active in the AWANA program and Children Ministry.
Alicia Searl (Kindergarten, First Grade, Math Games, Literature Club) has a B.S. Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Advanced Literacy. She taught in the public school system for ten years with her last two years being a reading specialist. She loved helping children learn to read, training teachers, and developing lesson plans for reading, but once her oldest was about to start school, she felt led to homeschool. She now teaches her own children, two of whom also go to CPC! In her free time she enjoys spending time with the love of her life, her husband Jeremy, and their three precious daughters. She also enjoys writing on her family blog and for the women at her church at Sugar Creek Baptist Church. She helps her husband in serving in their adult Bible fellowship class at Sugar Creek as well. She is excited to be a part of the CPC team and is looking forward to the new school year!
Ingrid Stassi (Middle School Language Arts and High School Composition Courses) graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky with a B.A. in English and a minor in Technical Writing. Ingrid worked as a Technical Writer/Documentation Specialist for various corporations in the Houston area, specializing in print manuals, instructional design, and online help systems. She has been homeschooling her only child for 10 years and has added her niece and nephew to their home-school family over the last year. Ingrid is very delighted to join CPC this year, as she has a passion for literature and writing and desires to share this excitement with her students.
Kathy Zimmerman (Writing & Worldview) (B.A. English) has 25 years homeschooling experience and fourteen years experience teaching many homeschool classes including Worldviews, English, Writing, Speech, and History, privately, at ARC, SCHOLA, CPC, and Logos. She is married to Jim, has 5 children and a beautiful granddaughter, and attends Sugar Creek Baptist Church.
Foreign Language Instructors:
Brenda Lau (Spanish) has a BA in Psychology and a BA in Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been teaching Spanish to home schooled students for 9 years as well as tutoring high school students. She is a native Spanish speaker and is always excited to have the opportunity to teach Spanish and share the Latin culture with others. Mrs. Lau has also been an active volunteer at her children’s schools for the past 17 years. She has been president of the PTA at the middle school and has chaired fundraisers as well as large events such has Career Day. Presently, she chairs Fort Bend ISD Shared Dreams (which assists Fort Bend ISD students in need) at her children’s high school. She has done this for the past 7 years. Mrs. Lau is very thrilled to be part of the CPC team.
Social Sciences and Electives Instructors:
Cheryl Hochstettler (Elementary and Middle School History) is a home school mother of 17 years. She has 5 children and is currently teaching 3 at home. From Kindergarten through high school, Cheryl has taught her own and other children at all ages. Mrs. Hochstettler has been involved in other home school co-ops over the years and always enjoys teaching. History is her favorite subject, and she has taught US History, World History, and Geography at various home school co-ops.
Sheila Kleinhenz (Director, HS Leadership Course) has been a homeschooling mother for over 16 years. She has six children; two are homeschool high school graduates attending universities, and four are still at home. Before staying home with her children, she worked as an office manager for several small businesses. Sheila has been involved teaching at several co-ops, ministering to children and youth in various capacities within her church for over 30 years, serving as President of Gulf Coast Home School Scholars for over four years as well as starting, organizing and maintaining GCCHS Student Council as a parent sponsor for four years. Sheila received THSC’s honorable Leader of the Year award in 2012. Since then, she has served as a volunteer for THSC in various capacities for over five years. She served as an assistant director at CPC for one year before stepping into leadership as a CPC co-director this past year. Sheila enjoyed working with students in the Leadership class for the 2016/17 school year. She has a passion to see young men and women trained as servant leaders for the next generation. Sheila currently attends Calvary Church at the Fountains with her family.
Amy Parkins (Elementary P.E.) has been teaching youth fitness classes since 2006. She has a B.S. in Sports Administration from the Univ. of Houston, and a personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She began working at the YMCA in college and taught youth fitness classes as well as home school PE during her ten plus years there. In the Fall of 2015, she became a certified instructor in Revelation Wellness. Revelation Wellness is a ministry that focuses on encouraging others to live healthy and whole lives in a way that honors God. She currently teaches Rev. Fit. classes for women at her church, Sugar Creek Baptist. She is married to Chad and has two girls Jessie and Riley, and two step-children Kyla and Cody. Her son Cody was home schooled at CPC throughout high school. She is excited to bring Rev. Fit. inspired classes to the home school community.
Dee Pendergast (Economics and Government) – see above
Ruthie Ammons (Algebra I) – see above
Sue Stanley (HS Math) earned her B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi and home schooled for 15 years. She was thrilled to join Christian Perspective Classes upon inception. ”I really enjoy working with my dear students. It is so rewarding to reveal the wonders of math and to see their faces light up when understanding dawns.”
Ruthie Taft (Director, Algebra 1/2, Algebra 1) graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Mathematics with a Secondary Teaching Certification in Math. She taught 8th grade Pre-Algebra in the Klein school district in Spring, Texas for 5 years. In October 2006, she became a stay at home mom when her first child was born. She now has four kiddos, the newest addition born August 2016, and is in her 5th year of homeschooling. She is very thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to stay at home and teach her children. She loves Math and from an early age has always wanted to be a teacher. She has been with CPC since 2014. Last year she began the role as co-director while staying home with her new baby. She is very excited to be back teaching Pre-Algebra for this next school year.
Ruthie Ammons – (Biology, Middle School Life Science, and General Science) – see above
Paul Jozwiak (Marine Science, IPC) is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Education and an M.Ed in Education—Curriculum and Instruction. He was thrilled to join CPC in 2014, as he has taught 28+ years in public schools, 3 years at Living Water Christian School, and 6+ yrs at Logos Preparatory Academy, where he taught life science, earth science, biology, IPC, and marine science. Additionally, he worked with Science Olympiad, going to national competition for 5 years. Not only did he teach sciences, he also enjoyed coaching girls basketball and track. His passion is teaching, and the best part is seeing a student realize the vastness of God’s creation and how He has placed everything in perfect order.
Andrea Sylve (Elementary Sciences) has taught in both public and private schools and was delighted to join CPC in 2014. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and is passionate about teaching the fun of science through hands-on experiments and activities. God reveals so much of Himself through the field of science. As we study His creation, we can deepen our understanding of our Creator. Mrs. Sylve is an active member of Grace Community Bible Church in Richmond and the mother of two elementary-aged children.
Deborah Whaley (Chemistry and Physics) is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biomedical Science and a Secondary Science Composite Teaching Certification. She taught 13 years in public schools and has 3 years of experience with CPC. She shares a fascination of God’s creation with other science “geeks” and loves how God reveals Himself in all that He has made. One of her great joys is making what seems to be an intimidating subject, like Physics, become understandable and applicable. She has 4 children and has homeschooled for over 12 years.